And the census debacle continues

Well, well, well.  Documents handed over to the Commons Industry Committee reveal that, as we all knew anyway, the Conservatives did, in fact, know that Statistics Canada did not support the scrapping of the mandatory long form of the census and then replacing it with a voluntary survey. Furthermore, they tried to get Stats Canada to change its communications to make it sound like Stats Can supports a voluntary survey instead of a mandatory long form1 and to make it sound like it wasn’t the government decision2 (Gee Tony, if it’s such a good idea, why don’t you want anyone to know that your government made this decision?).  Stats Can told Tony Clement’s office that using a voluntary survey will not provide “an acceptable outcome for a census,” but Clement continued to make public claims that Stats Can supported the move. Case in point: at McGill University on July 15, Clement said: “I would say to those who are the self-proclaimed experts on this, if you trust Statistics Canada why don’t you trust the option that they put forward to obtain the data that businesses and municipalities deem to be necessary.”

Yes, Mr. Clement, I do trust Statistics Canada – and they told you in no uncertain terms that we need a mandatory long-form in the census to provide the data that is used every day by governments, businesses, non-profits, school districts, health care organizations and more.  The real question is: why are you so afraid of information?

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  1. e.g., suggesting the removal of the phrase “a census by its design is able to meet a broader range of data demands than a survey” [Source] []
  2. e.g., one of Clement’s policy advisers asked Stats Canada in an email to remove the phrase “as per government decision” from communications about the change to the census. [Source] []

2 Replies to “And the census debacle continues”

  1. I have trouble reading about this anymore because the Conservatives are such lying, deceitful asswipes and could care less about accurate information because that would derail their ideological crusade.

  2. Actually, they *couldn’t* care less about accurate information! (Sorry “could care less” is a pet peeve of mine, as it doesn’t make sense.)

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